Hamtramck is the last city in Michigan to face lead in water
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – Another Michigan city is giving filters to residents because of high lead results in some drinking water samples.
Hamtramck, in the Detroit region, is a 5.2 square kilometer (2 square miles) city with 28,000 residents, many of them immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen and other countries.
Seven hundred filters were distributed Thursday and another 900 will be distributed next week, said city manager Kathleen Angerer.
“The water itself is good. The problem is obsolete lead service lines that in some cases release lead into the water in single-family homes, ”said Mayor Karen Majewski.
She said not all homes are affected, adding: “People don’t need to panic.”
LaTonya Hatcher, 49, was online.
“I want to get a filter for the sink,” she said. “I live in a newer area and the pipes may be fine, but I walked past and saw that they were handing out filters, so I thought I should ask if I needed them. “
Across the state of Benton Harbor, residents have been urged to use only bottled water for cooking and drinking due to the high levels of lead. The problem in both communities, officials say, is the old lines that need to be replaced.
Majewski said Hamtramck has replaced 260 lead pipes in the past year, but needs money to remove more.
Michigan has been in the spotlight when it comes to lead in drinking water. In 2014, state-appointed managers in Flint changed the city’s water source. The water, however, was not treated to control corrosion, which caused the lead on the old pipes to contaminate the system.
Thousands of home service lines have been replaced and Flint has returned to a regional water supplier.
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